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Indigenous communities in WA tap into better drinking water

Date posted: 20 August 2012

Treatment equipment will be installed in two Aboriginal communities in Western Australia's north to improve the quality of their drinking water.

GE Power and Water will install the equipment in Kiwirrkurra, on the edge of the Gibson Desert, and in the Pilbara community of Parnngurr.

GE's Irshaad Hakim says current water quality does not meet government guidelines because it contains a high level of salt.

'Water has a certain salt level and that has a taste, so in this instance, it was above levels that were palatable and we had to bring it down to levels that were within safer guidelines,' he said.

'It's the efficient use of scarce water resources.

'Its a very robust technology, it doesn't require a lot of pre-treatment.'

He says clean drinking water is a basic human right but sourcing it in remote communities can be difficult.

'One of the key benefits of this is high recovery of water - around 90 per cent,' he said.

'It removes high mineral content. If you've got a lot of minerals in the water, it has a bad taste and hence that makes people look for various other sources of fluid, be it soft drinks and so forth.

'So that itself has effects on health.'

Source: ABC (North West WA)


Last updated: 20 August 2012
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